Everything is Lies by Helen Callaghan

No one is who they say they are.

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Sophia is living her own life in London; a good job, a bright future. So why is it that her mother seems intent on dragging her away? The phone calls beseeching Sophia to come home are getting more frequent of late. Tonight is no different, and Sophia has other things on her mind. She’ll go home tomorrow – whatever her mother wants to discuss can surely wait until then. It’s never important.

Except this time, it must have been. Sophia arrives at her parents house to an eerie silence and a scene of horror; her mother hanging from a tree, and her father lying, barely alive, in a pool of his own blood. The police declare the incident anĀ attempted murder-suicide, but Sophia cannot believe that. She has to find out what really happened to her parents, and in the course of doing so she unveils an unbelievable and darkĀ  family history that has been kept from her for her entire life. Everything Sophia thought she knew is ripped away from her.

Everything is lies.


Having read Helen Callaghan’s first book Dear Amy, which I thoroughly enjoyed, I was keen to pick up Everything is Lies, and I wasn’t disappointed. This book is a classic page-turner; hooking you in and keeping your interest with an evenly paced and well executed plot.

I really felt for Sophia; her whole world is suddenly tipped upside down and she cycles between grief, confusion, anger, self-doubt and determination as she tries to figure out what has led to her mother’s death, while at the same time trying to cling on to the new life she has worked so hard to build for herself in London. Is she on the right track, or has grief led to paranoia?

Though it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, I enjoyed the fact that we learn a lot of the backstory through Sophia’s mother’s memoirs. The way the story was built was, to me, very refreshing, and I was gritting my teeth in sympathy with Sophia as she tries to find the missing final section which she believes holds the key to everything.

Engaging and with a satisfying conclusion; Everything is Lies was an enjoyable read, and I’ll be keeping an eye out for further books from this author.

It’s not good to hold on to old resentments, Sophia. They’re what kills us in the end. Take it from me.

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